I grew up in an area that was semi-rural and went to college in the Philly suburbs, so it wasn’t until I moved to Denver (and later, Boston and Pittsburgh) that I fully began to understand and appreciate what it means to live in a city. I quickly became enamored with urban development, which is at the intersection of so many important issues: Architecture and transportation, of course, but also topics like business, technology, family, socioeconomic classes, race, and the environment. How our cities are constructed and operate, after all, has an enormous impact on how we live, work, and play.

All of which is to say is that I’m excited to be writing a new monthly column for Pittsburgh Magazine about the individuals and organizations who are changing the physical environment of the city. I believe it’s the right time for such a column, since Pittsburgh is at a turning point of growth and change—some of which is certainly good, some of which is troubling. I’ll be examining all sides.

For my first column in the January issue, I looked at how the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation is fighting for affordable housing in the expensive East End, while for future issues, I plan to cover topics like vacant land, stormwater, transportation, and a whole host of other topics. Have an idea? Shoot me a note.

(Photo of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s Aggie Brose and Rick Swartz by Tim Johnson)

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